Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

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The Department of Pathology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers a four year, fully accredited training program in combined anatomic and clinical pathology. Core rotations include surgical pathology, autopsy/forensic pathology, cytopathology, clinical chemistry, hematopathology, transfusion medicine, microbiology, dermatopathology, neuropathology, renal pathology, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics, and laboratory medicine. Elective time is available and participation in research projects is encouraged. Individual flexibility of scheduling is possible within reason. Education is both experiential and didactic, and graduated responsibility is granted.

A total of twenty positions are accredited for the combined anatomic and clinical pathology training program. Fellowship programs in dermatopathology, cytopathology, surgical pathology, hematopathology, and forensic pathology are available.

The campus of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center includes a 1000+ bed hospital, a children’s hospital, outpatient care, and the school of medicine. In 2018, there were 36,000 surgical, 1,700 bone marrows, and 17,000 cytology specimens, as well as over 1100 autopsies (predominantly forensic pathology cases). Over 3 million clinical tests are performed annually. There are approximately 300 people in the department at various levels. Our microscopy core facility is equipped with scanning and transmission electron microscopes, laser-scanning confocal microscopes, four fluorescence and phase contrast microscopes (including microinjection and time lapse microscopy), and a laser capture microdissection microscope. The department has two slide scanner systems (virtual microscopy) used predominantly for teaching. A full range of modern equipment supports the routine research and service activities of the department. Our department’s Section on Comparative Medicine shares the graduate program and maintains a modern and well-equipped primate facility.

Salem was founded in 1766 by a religious community of Moravians who emigrated first from Europe to Pennsylvania and then to North Carolina. At the same time, the community of Winston was emerging nearby as an industrial center. In 1913, the cities merged as Winston-Salem. The city proper has 250,000 people and the county 350,000. Known as “city of the arts”, in Winston-Salem you will find a professional symphony orchestra, an opera company, Little Theater Company, and downtown arts district in addition to all of the cultural opportunities provided by the surrounding colleges and universities. The city houses four institutions of higher learning (Wake Forest University, Salem College, Winston-Salem State University, and the North Carolina School of the Arts). The area offers golf (eight public courses), water sports, biking, hunting, fishing, and skiing. Wake Forest University provides major college athletic events. The city is situated in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina near the Blue Ridge Mountains. The climate is moderate and residents enjoy four distinct seasons.

Application Instructions

Applicants who are medical school seniors follow the usual procedure of the matching plan. Applications must be submitted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).


2019/2020 house staff salaries: First-year house officers receive $52,731 per year, with annual increases to $58,902 for a fourth-year resident. The chief resident receives an additional $1,000 per year. The house staff receives malpractice insurance coverage, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and hospital insurance. There is a day-care center for staff children.